Summary: I use this with a matching Yamaha CD-S300 Cd player and am completely satisfied. Indeed, unlike some much costlier equipment I have owned, these two machines run smoothly and flawlessly. I am using them with Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 standmount speakers, biwired, and am delighted with what I hear. Highly recommended.
Summary: First Impression... This is replacing an aging (30 year old) and slowly failing Luxman R114 Receiver. The FM performance is better than the Luxman's, but, after 30 years, we would expect that. I have not yet tried AM reception, CD or Phono. I had earlier tried an Onkyo TX-8255 receiver and that product did not even match the performance of a mid-level clock radio. At this point, at least for FM performance, I recommend this product for a mid-level stereo receiver.
Excerpt: I purchased from a locally-owned business. The salesperson printed a photo of the back of the receiver and gave me drawing of how to install... which cord goes where, etc. So I really don't know how good Yamaha's directions are since I followed his drawing. I love to hear music all over the house. I work at home so right now in my office I can hear music that originates from the dining room.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I decided early on to go with all Yamaha products. I did my research and settled on this receiver to anchor my new system. Price was a definite factor. It has all the bells and whistles I need and the reproduction of sound is perfect for me. I do wish it had a equalizer but very few of the moderately priced units do. If you are not an audiophile and just want nice clean sound, you can't do much better than this.
Excerpt: I really like the loudness control. It prevents some domestic lack of tranquility while enabling me to hear music with depth and clarity. I listen to classical music and find the sound quality outstanding even when volume is turned down. Plenty of separation and clarity of the various instrument and voices.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality